The Seahawks Call - Virtual Edition

Week of March 29, 2021 Volume 27

A message from Principal Taylor.........................

Like Tony the Tiger, First week of school of hybrid instruction was...GR -R-REAT!

I must admit, this first week with having students back in our buildings was the best feeling in the world. All the planning and preparation we did as a school staff paid off. Besides a few minor glitches, the entire week went smoother than anyone could have ever expected.


I am confident that teachers will get better with knowing how to juggle hybrid instruction. As times for arrival, dismissal, and transitions between classes get shorter, teachers will have more time to provide support to students during FLEX time. Students will continue to adjust to our "new normal", but take advantage of the opportunities to still bond, connect, and make relationships virtually and in-person as we all continue to hone in and increase our technology skills.

Eighth Grade Proofs

All 8th grade students are required to submit two current proofs of domicile to update their student record for high school. Please see the attached parent letter for details. Parents may upload the proofs through ParentVue or email the proofs directly to our guidance secretary, Ms. Matos, at rmatos@ccboe.com. The deadline to submit these proofs is April 12, 2021.


Students who turn in acceptable proofs of domicile will be entered into a weekly raffle. The earlier your proofs are submitted, the more chances to win! Prizes will vary.


Families should contact Pam Jenkins, PPW at pkjenkins@ccboe.com if they need assistance with proofs or have questions.

Have you ordered your Yearbook yet?

Attention Seahawks,


In order to finish our yearbook, we are looking for some photos from our Seahawks. Photos should be submitted to www.HJeShare.com Our school code is Somers. Each usable photo submitted between Friday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 31st will earn 1 RISE point. If you have not submitted your portrait yet, you will earn 5 RISE points for submitting your school photo. (All portraits already submitted/taken will earn RISE points as well.) Below is a list of photos that the yearbook staff is looking for:

  • Photos from your 1st day of School (virtual, Phase 2, etc.)
  • Photos of you and your pet (we are looking for pets other than cats and dogs)
  • Style photos—what do you think is on trend? What have you been wearing the most? PJ bottoms every day? Crocs all the time? Snap a photo and show us!
  • Sports photos—you playing on a team, practice, etc.
  • Trips and Vacations—where were you able to travel to while doing distance learning? Show us where you’ve been this year.
  • Camping—did you camp in your backyard? Go on a scout trip?
  • Virtual Learning—what does your virtual learning space look like? (Make sure you’re in the photo with it)
  • Gaming—video or board games.
  • Band/Choir/Orchestra—photos of you practicing/playing.
  • Any other hobbies or exciting things you want to share? We want to see what you’ve been up to at home.

    If you can, take a moment and help add to our book by answering a few survey questions. The form will accept submissions through Saturday 3/26.

    https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=fts6jik6w0CD3e0PwztGw1F6mgZ3xcRMjBs-D10dKdZUQ1o1UjdGT1FITE0wVzBSMDc3UDJCVDU4WS4u

    Once you’ve submitted your awesome photos, make sure you order your yearbook! Prices will go up and personalization will no longer be an option after March 31st, 2021.

    If you have any questions about submitting photos to the yearbook or ordering one, please email Ms. Strobel at mstrobel@ccboe.com or Ms. Villela at avillela-villela@ccboe.com.

PBIS Raffle Winners for March 26th

Library News from Mrs. H-J!

Somers Reads!

Our March 30 for 30 challenge is coming to an end, but don’t stop reading! Somers students have read 12% more minutes than they did in February! And it’s not even the end of the month! Keep it up Seahawks!

Looking for a new book?

Take a look at the Black-Eyed Susan Books on our Destiny library site. There are books for every kind of reader in this year’s contestants. You will find them at the top of the Destiny Home page for your reading pleasure. They are also available for curbside reading.

Library Reminders

Our library books are looking to reunite with their missing companions. Have a Somers library book still checked out? Please return it during school hours and make the other books happy.

SCHOOL SUPPORTS

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Marlon Walker - 6th Grade VP - mwalker@ccboe.com

Cynthia Panizzi - 7th Grade VP - cpanizzi@ccboe.com

Wualanda Thenstead - 8th Grade VP - wthenstead@ccboe.com

Sonia Matthew - Administrative Asst. - smatthew@ccboe.com


COUNSELING SUPPORTS

Kenneth Tojek - 6th Grade Counselor - ktojek@ccboe.com

Nancy Franklin - 7th Grade Counselor - nfranklin@ccboe.com

Brittany Williams - 8th Grade Counselor - bwilliams@ccboe.com


INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

Andrea Johnson - Reading Resource Teacher (Reading) - afjohnson@ccboe.com

Jennifer Branham - Instructional Resource Teacher (Math) - jbranham@ccboe.com

Suzanne Johnson - Learning Resource Teacher (Gifted Education and Testing Coordinator) - srjohnson@ccboe.com

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Kathy Kiessling, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Nikial M. Majors, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646. 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.